Tag College of Letters & Science

Finding their way at UW–Madison

March 14, 2019

Many students arrive at UW–Madison unsure of what they will study or what career they'll choose. They they find, among the many possibilities offered on campus, what they want to do. Here are three.

Reaching for the stars: 50 years of space astronomy

December 4, 2018

In December 1968, the world’s first autonomous space-based astronomical observatory carried seven telescopes from UW–Madison, designed and built by a plucky band of scientists in an unassuming warehouse on South Park Street.

UW-Madison students make discoveries, explore Italy in archaeological expedition

November 6, 2018

Two seniors traveled to the ancient city of Agrigento on the south coast of Sicily this past summer, to develop a more accurate historical timeline.

New L&S course clusters link science and humanities

October 29, 2018

Constellations are clusters of courses that let students take three classes — one core humanities course and two linked classes — concurrently and draw connections across disciplines.

12 famous people you didn’t know went to UW–Madison

October 17, 2018

Homecoming is an occasion often involving food, friends and football — but it’s also a time to welcome Badger alumni back to campus. …

In dangerous fungal family’s befriending of plants, a story of loss

September 28, 2018

Researchers show that gene loss — not the evolution of new genes — helped drive the fly amanita mushroom into its symbiotic relationship with plants.

Solar cell, married to liquid battery, achieves record efficiency

September 27, 2018

The technology Professor Song Jin is advancing – unifying solar electricity generation with storage – could first be used in off-grid, standalone energy systems.

New Faculty Focus: Kasey Keeler

September 18, 2018

"Part of my work and research is to draw attention to the history of Wisconsin as a Native place and the many tribal communities who still exist here."

Construction begins on $133 million revamp of Chemistry Building

September 17, 2018

With the start of construction on a $133 million chemistry tower and other renovations, students — as well as faculty and other researchers — will gain access to updated teaching and laboratory spaces to accommodate the next generation of chemical education and research.

“Crazy Rich Asians” movie offers pressure and possibility, says UW expert

August 9, 2018

"Racism in Hollywood has also taken a toll in particular on Asian Americans.  Asian Americans are an extremely small slice of the national population, so their needs and demands are rarely taken into consideration,” says Lori Kido Lopez.

Is fire the new normal in the American West?

August 8, 2018

In a video, Professor Monica Turner and her research team and colleagues explore how the patterns of fire and recovery are changing, particularly as the climate warms and drought becomes more common.

New Korean language flagship program to launch

August 6, 2018

“This ambitious new program will offer unprecedented opportunities for UW–Madison students to study Korean language and culture on campus and overseas to a level that few other U.S. citizens achieve,” says Dianna Murphy, Director of the Language Institute.

UW Making Comics course promotes creativity, self-expression through art and writing

July 11, 2018

Now being offered during summer term, a UW–Madison class focuses on the art and practice of making comics, or as the instructor describes it, “visual storytelling through combined words and pictures.”

Roses are red; write a love poem this Valentine’s Day

February 12, 2018

Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to think outside the heart-shaped chocolate box by putting pen to paper and writing a love poem. Here are some tips.

Maria Cancian named Galbraith Fellow for work on child welfare

January 17, 2018

Cancian and her research have shaped national research agendas and discourse on child support policy, poverty policy and child welfare policy, and generated more than $50 million in grants to the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Better health through the humanities

November 21, 2017

A new certificate teaches students historical, cultural and philosophical ways people intersect with health care and provides them a broader, more nuanced understanding of health.

Probing the ‘why’ of science

October 19, 2017

For 50 years, the Biocore program has taught students to think like scientists, work collaboratively and question everything.